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Canada enhances public safety with Gemalto fingerprint identification solution

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Gemalto, a Thales company, will implement the Canadian Department of
National Defence’s (DND) first Automated Fingerprint Identification
System (AFIS) to increase security and reliability in the collection and
verification of fingerprint records.

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Livescan fingerprint authentication (Credit: Thales)

Livescan fingerprint authentication (Credit: Thales)

A recent initiative undertaken by the Government of Canada and the Royal
Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to advance public safety measures has led
to the digitalization of biometric records across the country which will
allow for faster and more accurate criminal and civil identity checks.
Canada’s DND is the latest to modernize their capabilities.

Gemalto’s AFIS
will provide a central, digital repository which will then be
managed and operated by DND. In addition to the storage itself, the
system will collect, process, enroll and verify this biometric data for
enrollment/hiring, security clearances and policing.

Information collected from existing booking stations, known as LiveScans,
across the country will feed into the DND’s AFIS and be submitted to the
RCMP central AFIS, also provided by Gemalto. Both systems may support
facial recognition, DNA, and other forms of biometric identification in
the future. In addition, Gemalto will be installing a Disaster Recovery
(DR) site to protect the DND from losing valuable data.

“Thales has a long and successful history delivering mission critical
solutions to Canada’s Armed Forces. After 19 years of working with
Canadian local and national law enforcement agencies to provide
biometric security services and solutions, we are proud to deliver this
important security capability to the Department of National Defence,”
said Rob Cimperman, Vice President Government Programs at Thales. “The
addition of an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) and
Disaster Recovery (DR) site demonstrates Canada’s commitment to
protecting its citizens and keeping Canada safe.”

Note to editors

Gemalto’s solutions are at the heart of modern life, from payment to
enterprise security and the internet of things. Gemalto’s technologies
and services authenticate people, transactions and objects, encrypt data
and create value for software – enabling businesses and governments to
deliver secure digital services for billions of individuals and things.

About Thales

The people we all rely on to make the world go round – they rely on
Thales. Our customers come to us with big ambitions: to make life
better, to keep us safer. Combining a unique diversity of expertise,
talents and cultures, our architects design and deliver extraordinary
high technology solutions. Solutions that make tomorrow possible, today.
From the bottom of the oceans to the depth of space and cyberspace, we
help our customers think smarter and act faster – mastering ever greater
complexity and every decisive moment along the way. With 80,000
employees in 68 countries, Thales reported sales of €19 billion in 2018.

About Thales Canada

A Canadian leader in research and technology, Thales Canada combines
over 50 years of experience with the talent of more than 2,000 skilled
people located coast-to-coast. With revenues of over $850 million,
Thales Canada offers leading capabilities in the urban rail, civil
aviation, defence, digital identity and security sectors, meeting the
most complex needs and requirements of its customers across all
operating environments.




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